ELDER PATRIOT – As though any more proof is needed that the Democratic Party has morphed into a distinctly anti-American party representative only of the globalist movement, two legislators have submitted a bill that would effectively neuter the First Amendment.
As reported by investigative reporter Tyler Durden of zerohedge, “the bill aimed at securing a “right to be forgotten,” New York Assembly Bill 5323, introduced by Assemblyman David I. Weprin and (as Senate Bill 4561 by state Sen. Tony Avella), would require people to remove ‘inaccurate,’ ‘irrelevant,’ ‘inadequate’ or ‘excessive’ statements about others…
“Failure to comply would make the search engines or speakers liable for, at least, statutory damages of $250/day plus attorney fees.”
The fact that these two fascists would even float this discussion is frightening proof of just how extreme Democrats have become in defense of big government and their globalist agenda.
Eugene Volokh, writing in the Washington Post, was appalled:
“So, under this bill, newspapers, scholarly works, copies of books on Google Books and Amazon, online encyclopedias (Wikipedia and others) — all would have to be censored whenever a judge and jury found (or the author expected them to find) that the speech was “no longer material to current public debate or discourse” (except when it was “related to convicted felonies” or “legal matters relating to violence” in which the subject played a “central and substantial” role). And of course the bill contains no exception even for material of genuine historical interest; after all, such speech would have to be removed if it was “no longer material to current public debate.” Nor is there an exception for autobiographic material, whether in a book, on a blog or anywhere else. Nor is there an exception for political figures, prominent businesspeople and others.
“But the deeper problem with the bill is simply that it aims to censor what people say, under a broad, vague test based on what the government thinks the public should or shouldn’t be discussing.”
“Remember: There is no “right to be forgotten” in the abstract; no law can ensure that, and no law can be limited to that. Instead, the “right” this aims to protect is the power to suppress speech — the power to force people (on pain of financial ruin) to stop talking about other people, when some government body decides that they should stop.”
Lest you find comfort in the fact that this bill originated in New York – a bastion of left-wing lunacy – remember what was contained in the National Defense Authorization Act that recently passed the lame duck Congress and was signed into law by Barack Obama that funded the establishment of a Global Engagement Center containing wording sufficiently vague enough for the GEC to become a Ministry of Truth.
The wording from this section of the NDAA goes hand in hand with Congress’ silence as Barack Obama turned control of the Internet over to global control.
This should frighten every patriotic American who cherishes the concept of inalienable rights that no government can take away.
Remember Hillary Clinton openly declaring that when she became president Breitbart would be silenced? How different might things for the future of our country had Hillary been given the power to appoint the tie-breaking vote to the Supreme Court?
If legislation like this were to become the law just imagine how a court similar in political orientation with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals would abuse its power to end political debate and dissent in our country. It would, in fact, give unelected judges the right to strike the writings of our Founding Fathers from our texts so that any analysis of the principles that formed the foundation for our country’s past greatness would soon fade from history.